Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac

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"'This feels amusing, '" he recalled saying.

Two nights previously, the band had performed at a benefit in NY where Nicks had reportedly "taken issue" with Buckingham's behaviour, including how he "smirked" during Nicks' thank-you speech.

The band also delivered a cover of Split Enz' iconic I Got You.

He was sacked two days after the band was honoured at this year's MusiCares benefit concert in New York City.

According to Buckingham-to whom the information was relayed by Azoff-Nicks objected to Buckinham's behavior during a MusiCares event the group played earlier this year, where the band were named the charity's Person of the Year. claiming he "smirked" while she gave a speech onstage and had an "outburst" about the choice of entrance music for their appearance: the Nicks-penned Mac classic "Rhiannon".

"We rehearsed for two days, and everything was great", he adds.

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Fleetwood Mac's manager Irving Azoff told Buckingham that Nicks "never wants to be on a stage with you again" and that she had given the band "an ultimatum: Either you go or she's gonna go".

Buckingham said he learned he had been dropped two days after a Grammy Musicares celebration in NY in January 2018 honouring the main members of the band - Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Buckingham.

He does admit there was tension between himself and his bandmates when he asked for "three or four months extra" to complete a solo tour, and when they resisted in a meeting, he walked out.

"I don't think there was ever anything that was just cause to be fired", he stated.

The decision to fire Buckingham and bring on Crowded House's Neil Finn and Tom Petty's right-hand man Mike Campbell to take his place earlier this year came as a huge surprise to practically everyone who thought that the different members of Fleetwood Mac had put their past differences behind them. "We have all done things that were not constructive. That's the history of the group".

Meanwhile, the fired guitarist insists he's far from heartbroken to no longer be a member of the band - he's just upset about the way he was ousted: "The one thing that does bother me and breaks my heart is we spent 43 years always finding a way to rise above our personal differences and our difficulties to pursue and articulate a higher truth", he continues. That is what the songs are about. This is not the way you end something like this....

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